Places to Visit in Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Yuksom, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang Valley, Teesta River, Ravangla, Pelling, Zuluk, Namchi, Khangchendzonga National Park, Rumtek Monastery, and many other beautiful places. 

Housing the world’s third highest peak Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) within its bounds, this Himalayan state offers you ample reasons to visit it right away. Book your slot on the Kanchenjunga trek today and conquer the challenging trail. Sikkim tourist places are outspread in four divisions of the state which are North, South, East, and West.

The North Sikkim is dotted with dense Alpine forests, steep valleys, pristine waterfalls, tundra regions, and melting snow glaciers. Lachung, Lachen, Chungthang, Yumthang Valley, Mangan, Zemu Glacier, Khangchendzonga National Park, etc. fall in this region. Our well-crafted 6 Days North Sikkim Tour covers all these attractions of Sikkim.

Places like Namchi, Temi, Turuk, and Yangang to name a few belong to the South district the best for tea plantations. Rumtek Monastery, Nathula, Zuluk, Lake Tsomgo, and the state capital Gangtok dwells in the district of East Sikkim. Here is the Gangtok Special Tour Package (Flat 32% Off) that has got all these places included in its itinerary. 

Yuksom and Singalila are a few of the popular getaways in the West Sikkim district which is also known as Gyalshing.

Tsomgo Lake

The Tsomgo Lake, also popular as the Changu Lake, is a water body made of a glacier making it one of the best places to visit in Gangtok. Located at an altitude of 12310 feet, Tsomgo Lake is one of Sikkim’s prime tourist attractions. The lake is located 38 km from Gangtok, en route to the Nathula Pass.

This is one of India’s highest-altitude lakes and it’s known for its natural beauty. The sight of the surrounding snow covered hills reflecting on the Tsomgo Lake is one memory that you can cherish forever. The lake is about 1 km long and it’s shaped like an egg. Explore Tsogmo Lake in winter as it is the best time to visit Gangtok also. 

Location: 38 km from Gangtok.

Best Time to Visit: Summer, autumn, and winter seasons.

Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is located at a height of 14140 feet and this is the best place to be for trekking enthusiasts when visiting Sikkim. The border trade market, Sherathang, is a popular place where tourists can buy different kinds of Tibetan items at a cheap price. This Sikkim point of interest is famous among travelers.

Near that, there is a tiny place called Kupup. It always stays under the clouds, which surely will be a nice experience for you. The view from the Nathula Pass is remarkable too.

Location: 56 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim

Best Time to Visit: May to October. It’s open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday.

Gurudongmar Lake

Set at an altitude of 17,800 ft, Gurudongmar Lake is a high-altitude Himalayan lake that is scenic and peaceful. Hemmed in by snow-covered mountains, this lake remains frozen during the winter season, and during summers, the lake water reflects the sky and clouds like a mirror.

It is one of the highly suggested places to visit in Sikkim on the Northern side of the Kanchenjunga mountain range which is situated around 174 kilometers from Gangtok. Due to the proximity to the Chinese-Tibetan border, one has to take permits to visit the lake.

Location: North Sikkim, India

Best time to visit: If you visit between November to March, the lake will be in a frozen state.

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Green Lake

Fix your eyes on the jade-green lake surrounded by snow-covered glaciers and mountains. Green Lake is still an unexplored and unhindered destination in Sikkim. It serves as a base for those willing to climb Mount Kanchenjunga and Zemu Glacier.

Starting from Thangu village, the trek to Green Lake passes through the magnificent  Kanchenjunga National Park and also brings forth the scenery of the confluence of the Zemu Chu and Lachen Chu which are two very significant rivers of the region.

From Gangtok, you drive to Lachen via Mangan and then Thangu to start your trek. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, especially for the rarely-found Red Panda in the region.

Location: Zemu Glacier, Sikkim 737116

Best time to visit: October to mid-December and March to mid-June.

Lachung

Nestled at an altitude of 2,750 meters, Lachen in North Sikkim is the base of Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. Sitting about 27 km away from Chungthang, Lachen village is cradled by a beautiful mountain valley. ‘Lachen’ literally translates to mean ‘big pass’, and affords unmatched views of the mountain slopes that seem to seat the village in an embracing sprawl.

Lachen is one of the more shaded, unexplored parts of Sikkim, and rewards you with unmatched mountain views, serenity, and peace. Housing, not more than 200 houses, the village is ideal for backpackers and adventurers looking to explore offbeat destinations. The village is also home to the Lachenpas, a Sikkimese community. Amongst the most offbeat places to visit in Lachung, Lachen warrants to be on the top of your Sikkim itinerary.

Location
: North Sikkim District, Sikkim

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Ravangla

Embark on a journey to explore a lesser-known quaint village amidst the high mountains of the Eastern Himalayas in South Sikkim. Ravangla is a village at an elevation of around 8000 feet above sea level with breathtaking landscapes painted by  Kanchenjunga and its sister peaks of Kabru,  Pandim,  and Siniolchu. 

Rayong sunrise viewpoint, Temi Tea Garden, Relaxing Hot Springs, and Ralang Monasteries are a few local attractions that can interest a traveler. The winding roads which take you to these places and Ravangla are very scenic too.

Location: Ravangla, South Sikkim 737139

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

Rumtek Monastery

This splendid monastery is a sight to the sore eyes, you will witness some of the rarest Buddhist artworks and mural paintings in this three-storeyed spiritual center. 

Rumtek Monastery belongs to the Kagyu sect and was first built in the 12th century but was left to ruin so in 1960 Gyalwa Karmapa who became the 16th Karmapa of the center reestablished it. 

The monastery is not only a treasure house encompassing unique murals, hand painting, and 1001 miniature Gold sculptures, but also has many vantage points overlooking the city of Gangtok. It is one of the Sikkim tourist places which have plenty of ways to intrigue the visitors.

Location: Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim 737135

Best time to visit: March to May; and October to December.

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Yuksom

Yuksom is a petite historical town in the West Sikkim district and is also known as the “getaway to Kanchenjunga.” Tashiding Monastery, Dubdi Monastery, Complex of Tashi Teenka, Kartok Monastery, and Khecheopalri Lake are a few of the interesting heritage places to visit in Yuksom.

It is majorly known for its monasteries and ancient stories on Lamas. Yuksom was once the capital of Sikkim which is still culturally rich and topped with stunning vistas and greenery.

Location: Yuksom, Sikkim 737113

Best time to visit: October to mid-December and March to mid-June

Teesta River

Teesta River is the main river of the state of Sikkim and divides its region from that of the state of West Bengal. Covering a total course of 309 km before meeting the mighty Brahmaputra, the river passes through the cities of Rangpo, Jalpaiguri, and Kalimpong, where it has high importance as the main source of living.

Originating from a high-altitude lake in North Sikkim and the Teesta Kangse Glacier at the height of 7068m, the river is also a great source of adventure as there are several locations where you can enjoy rafting in the river.

Location: Sikkim and parts of West Bengal

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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Yume Samdong

Amongst the most scenic Sikkim tourist places, Yumesamdong, famous as Zero Point, is seated at a distance of 15 km from Yumthang. Nestled at a dizzying altitude of 4,724 m, Yumesamdong is also the great periphery of civilization, as no roads lead further than here! The snow-capped bounties watch over the valley and form a striking pair with the azure skies that seem to be perpetually locked in an embrace with the mountains.

The place showcases Mother Nature at its best, with chilling temperatures, haunting valleys, and towering massifs. You can also choose to spend a day in Lachung Village to witness the native rituals and lifestyle.

Location: Yumesamdong is located 165 km away from Gangtok

Thangu Valley

Nestled atop a staggering 3,962 m, the spellbinding Thangu Valley is shrouded under a great carpet of snow almost throughout the year. May and June see the entire place dotted with lush alpine flora. Thangu is also the base for the famous Chopta Valley Valley and Muguthang treks. 

Graced by the rivers Teesta, Chopta, and Lassur that cut through the valley, there are plenty of mind-boggling views to capture your senses. Flanked by lofty Himalayan massifs on each side, the village of Thangu is a silent little settlement far away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities. The valley requires a scenic drive of 6 to 7 hours to get to Gangtok.

Location: The Valley of Thangu lies 141 Km from Gangtok.
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Khangchendzonga National Park

Bestridden by the Western gradients of Mount Kanchenjunga, the Khangchendzonga National Park, also known as Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve, throws many surprises along the trekking trails. The trails lead to places like Yuksom, Dzongri, the vast Zemu Glacier, Goechala, Rathang, Bakim, Tshoka, etc. 

Stretching across 850 sq. kilometers, Khangchendzonga National Park is the largest wildlife reserve in Sikkim. This green retreat’s vastness is enriched with species like the red panda, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, Tibetan antelope, barking deer, musk deer, flying squirrel, and wild ass.

Location: Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim.

Best time to visit: October to December; and March to May.

Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park

Spanning across a massive area of 230 hectares of a forested hill, Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park is one of the Sikkim tourist places which serves as an oasis for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The main attraction at this small hilltop zoo is an adorable Red Panda that catches everyone’s attention.

You can also witness some big cats like the Bengal tiger and black panther along with Himalayan Black Bears, Clouded Leopard, Porcupine, Leopard CatCats, Tibetan Wolfs, Large Indian Civets, Gorals, Barking Deer, Himalayan Palm Civets, Yaks, etc. here.

 You can either choose to walk from the entry gate on a 2.5 km long road that leads to fenced areas where you can spot animals or reserve a car for a half-day tour.

Location: Bulbulay, East Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim 737103.

Best time to visit: Anytime during the day.

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Tashi View Point

The view of Kanchenjunga Peak from Tashi’s viewpoint is going to sweep you off your feet. Recommended visiting during sunrise to see the bone-white peaks turning golden by the rising sun. The viewpoint is around 8 KM from Gangtok with nearby places being the Phodong and Labrang monasteries and Bakthang waterfall en route. 

As you drive from Gangtok to Tashi ends, you will need to make a climb of 115 steps approximately to reach the viewpoint which you can recognize by the throngs of food stalls and hordes of tourists waiting for the sun to rise. 

Location: Gangtok, India

Best time to visit: October and November for a clear view.

Namchi

Namchi is the capital of the South Sikkim district, often known as the cultural capital of Sikkim. The city has seen rapid development over the years. It is famous for offering replicas of all four Dhams of India and the biggest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Sikkim. 

Nestled at 5500 feet above sea level, the town along with serving as a ground for religious tourism in the state features a laid-back atmosphere. Namchi Helipad, Shirdi Saibaba Mandir and Char Dham complex, Statue of Samdruptse, Central Park, Namchi Rock Garden, and Baichung Stadium are a few of the sightseeing locations.

Location: Namchi, South Sikkim, India.

Best time to visit: October to mid-December and March to mid-June.

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Kanchenjunga Falls

Kanchenjunga Falls is arguably the most stunning of all the Sikkim tourist places. The waters of the fall are believed to flow from the high glaciers of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga itself, which is how it got its name. Sheltered deep within dense forests, the waterfall went largely unnoticed by the masses up until the late 90s. 

It remains shaded and unexplored, making it the perfect respite for people seeking tranquility in solitude. The expansive verdant greenery of the woods that grace the gushing waterfall is a mesmerizing sight to behold.

Location: It is seated 25 km away from Pelling, and makes for a half-hour’s drive.

Rabdentse Ruins

The ruins of Rabdentse in Pelling voice the lost stories of Sikkim. One of the most ancient Sikkim tourist places, the Rabdentse Ruins cannot be missed by history fanatics. This formerly splendid complex was reduced to ruins owing to the Nepalese invasion of the fortress in the 18th century.

The trail to the site snakes through beautiful forests of chestnut and is a 2 km walk away from the Pemayangtse Monastery. Singing hymns of the forgotten glory of Sikkim, the significance of this unexplored place is inscribed on a small stone tablet that is draped in the ruins.

Location: Geyzing, Sikkim 737111

The ruins are situated at a distance of 125 km from the main town of Gangtok.

Timings: The ruins can be visited anytime between 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM throughout the week.

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Khecheopalri Lake

The Khecheopalri lake, alternatively known as Kha-Chot-Palri, is shrouded in mystique and mythology, and is believed to be a ‘wish fulfilling lake’. Housed near the rustic village of Khecheopalri, it sits at a dizzying height of 1,700 m and is considered a sacred site by Buddhists. It is visited by many pilgrims and is gaining more popularity amongst tourists.

Fenced by beautiful lush forests, the lake is home to fascinating aquatic life. Interestingly, leaves are rarely seen afloat on the lake, as birds shrewdly pick them up the instant they hit the surface.

Location: Khecheopalri Lake, West Sikkim, 737113. It sits at a distance of 27 km from Pelling.

Timings: The lake is open every day from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM